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Sussex police officers to face misconduct investigation after arrest death

Duncan Tomlin died after being restrained and placed into a police van Photo:

Four Sussex police officers will face a misconduct investigation after the death of a man they were arresting.

Duncan Tomlin died on 29th July 2014 in Haywards Heath after being restrained and placed into a police van.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) says the officers actions should be investigated.

Sussex Police determined that three officers have a case to answer for gross misconduct following receipt of the IOPC’s report, while another officer has a case to answer for misconduct.

A fifth officer left the force earlier this year and is therefore unable to face any further action.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced last week that the Sussex Police officers will not face criminal charges.

In my opinion criminal charges should have been brought against the officers. However, I welcome the fact that Sussex Police have decided that three officers should face gross misconduct proceedings in connection with their interactions with Duncan. I hope that these proceedings will be prosecuted robustly by Sussex Police, and that the officers are held fully accountable for their actions.”

– Paul Tomlin, Duncan Tomlin's father